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Activists call for changes to water policies in Detroit and Flint

Jul 3, 2015

The cost and quality of tap water in Michigan cities is the subject of a week long journey starting in Detroit today.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Activists, led by the The Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition, are upset about water shutoffs in Detroit and the quality of Flint’s troubled water system.

“The purpose of this walk really is to call for clean and affordable water for all of Michigan,” says spokeswoman Kim Redigan. “Water is a human right.  Not free, but affordable.”

The last stop for the activists will be Flint.  

For the past year, Flint residents have complained about the quality of their tap water since switching from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River. 

Flint mayor Dayne Walling says city leaders are doing “everything possible” to improve the quality of city’s water and make it affordable.

A new filtration system is being installed to reduce problems with E coli and treatment chemicals.